Friday, 17 August 2018

Who overcomes?

Did you know that the word defeat does not occur anywhere in the KJV translation New Testament?

The word overcome does.

Maybe it is so because those of us who see ourselves as heirs and beneficiaries of the New Testament are not meant to be defeated, but rather we are meant  to be the ones who overcome.

It is a shift of power and authority story

When God created man, He told and gave man authority to rule (have dominion) on all the earth. And man did. Until the enemy told him that he could not. Instead, the lie suggested he first had to become (be) like God (which he already was) in order to rule.

Silly man! He already had dominion and ruled all the earth.

Yet, believing the lie, man gave up his dominion authority to pursue to be.

Until the Son of God manifested in the likeliness of human flesh and demonstrated that the Son of man has all authority to rule, to such extent that He defeated the lie and the liar who brought the deception at the cross and restored the original authority and purpose of man and said onto man again all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore ... Mat 28:18-19

What a mouth-full!

What a game-changing truth!

Jesus also told man (that's us) the exact extent of our dominion in Luke 10 and we'll do good to take it up promptly and securely.

But let's be sure who overcomes?

The Apostle who describes himself as the one Jesus loved, explains it so well. And to emphasize some words lost in translation, I'll expound in brackets using the same freedom of translation all other translators had.

Here goes ... reading from 1 John 5:1-5 ...

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments [entolē - from the Greek root word entellomai, a compound word from the words en - meaning to be in place or in position; to be in relation, in place, under; to be in and the word tellos - meaning to properly define the goal or outcome, the state or conclusion. Thus, entolē - to be in position to determine the outcome. Not keeping the ten commandments as some law-preachers would like to have you believe!].

Wow! Were you ever taught that?

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments [entolē]: and his commandments [entolē] are not grievous [barus - weighty, that is, burdensome, grievous, heavy, difficult. His outcome is easy! Didn't Jesus say that His burden is light?]

For whatsoever is born [see this post] of God overcometh [nikaōto subdue; to conquer; to overcome to prevail, to take the victory] the world [... and who is the prince of this world who goes about like a roaring lion seek who he may devour?]: and this is the victory that overcometh [nikaō] the world, even our faith [... Who is our Faith? See this post and this one]

1Jn 5:5 Who is he that overcometh [nikaōthe world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1Jn 5:1-5


Whatsoever is born of God!

Jesus said it straight out

And Jesus said just before he ascended Go ye therefore ... be of good cheer; I have overcome [nikaō] the world. Joh 16:33

... observe all things whatsoever I have commanded [entellomai] you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Mat 28:20

Can I say anything after that?
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